A waterfall, in mid-summer, in Southwest WA!

on 25 Jan 2016 

Yes this is a waterfall, and yes this is the middle of summer in the southwest of Western Australia. 

Bill and Jane Thompson (our partners, whose Yarraweyah Falls​ property adjoins our Monjebup Reserve) had strict instructions to let me (Angela Sanders, Gondwana Link Ecologist) know if the waterfall on their property ever got going.

They are both from Queensland, the land of waterfalls, so I think they were a bit bemused by all the fuss about their relatively small fall.

However, I got an excited call from them last week as an intense low pressure system had dumped lots of unseasonal, steady and persistent rain over the district.

Not only was the waterfall flowing fast but also many creek crossings had been washed away and roads were closed.  

We've yet to go and inspect the damage to our property tracks as it's still too wet to get out there.

It may be decades before we see the waterfall doing its thing again, so we'd best appreciate it now! 

(Another positive out of this rain event is that we'll probably have an outstanding flowering this Spring and also our newly planted areas have had an unexpected drink.)